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Giovanni's Ristorante, Ottawa, ON

Giovanni's Ristorante

4.5
4.5
163 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Giovanni�s Ristorante, which you can find in Ottawa, Ontario, is proud of its reputation for serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the surrounding area. The staff insists upon only the finest ingredients like AAA steaks and seafood taken fresh from the sea. Guests will also enjoy the lovely d�cor, which is filled with gleaming crystal, in addition to the food at Giovanni�s Ristorante. One great way to start your meal at Giovanni�s Ristorante is with one of the excellent soups, such as the minestrone or the stracciatella. When you make it to the main meal, you might try one of the veal dishes. The veal marsala, with mushrooms and a wine sauce, is just one of many options.

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 234-3156

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    For information on a Catered event, please contact Jon at jon@giovannis-restaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Event information, please contact Jon at jon@giovannis-restaurant.com

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    Aberdeen

  • Parking Details

    Free Valet Parking available.

  • Public Transit

    85 to Carling Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. S

    Sally

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was just 2 of us. We had an outstanding time. The food was just amazing. When making the reservation I mentioned it was for my 50th birthday. And at the end of dinner without saying or asking for anything the server brought me an amazing desert with a sparkling candle. Really nice of them to have highlighted it. Thank you again !
  2. DF

    DaveF

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The smelts [as appetizer] were very crsip and tasty, if a bit dry. My main course of Pollo Portofino was good, but not OMG-I-must come-back good. The chef and I would likely disagree on how much spice belongs in the sauce [where I prefer more]. I enjoyed a glass of their (California) Cabernet Sauvignion with my meal.
  3. B

    Birthdayparty

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Maître D was fantastic. Our waiter seemed uninterested and the service felt rushed. Food was good
  4. CW

    ChadW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, decor was extremely tacky and outdated, mirrors and hanging chandeliers everywhere.. Chair felt like I was sitting in a hole. Window frames inside the restaurant were in need of paint. Good service.
  5. LL

    LucLS

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at this restaurant. Was highly recommended by our son. Best italian restaurant so far in Ottawa. Valet service appreciated. We were warmly welcomed by Lino. Great. Service was perfect. If I recall the service was assured by a German-native charming person...not sure about his name, maybe Péter?
  6. A

    Amazon

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Excellent service. The food was very overpriced. 24 dollars for a salad. 32 for tasteless pasta. The women's bathroom was a mess. So much garbage overflowing the bin and on floor. Also, the place is so noisy we could not easily converse. I will say that the staff were lovely but I will not be back.
  7. FI

    FoodieInOttawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The service was subpar. The food was poorly spiced, spent over $125 for an app and 2 pastas so I was expecting a bit more flavour and seasoning. I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant as they’re other Italian restaurants that are far more worth the buck.
  8. k

    kahi

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Soooo freaking good. Staff was amazing too.
  9. R

    Riccardia

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Food is authentic and excellent. Superb ambiance.
  10. DS

    DomS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous food -enjoyed. Very noisy, took away from the experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a office Christmas lunch and everything was great. The staff are always so attentive and nice. The food was delicious like usual. Would highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the best service!! Looking forward to returning in the near future.
  13. AP

    AlexandreP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, as per usual - never disappoints 5 stars all around
  14. L

    Lovetodine

    Montreal

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Giovanni's! Everything is consistently excellent-food, wine, service and ambiance!!
  15. KB

    KatB

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal with attentive but non-obtrusive server. I had the calamari, and linguine Vongole - huge delicious clams. Dinner companion had minestrone and steak. Prosecco and the Barbaresco wine to accompany. No room for dessert. With valet parking and the cozy atmosphere it was a wonderful night out. :)
  16. G

    Gennichol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service is exceptional, the food was absolutely delicious, everyone in our party very much enjoyed their meal. Some thought that the portions could be a bit larger but all in all a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back. Rockefeller oysters are some of the best I've tried, a must!!!
  17. B

    Barb

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fried calamari was underwhelming, as was the beef carpaccio appetizer. Excellent cocktails, although a bit pricey. Fabulous wine list but the "by the glass" options are also a bit pricey. The veal in cognac sauce was simply the best. The linguini with seafood and garlic/white wine sauce was out of this world. Our server was attentive but not at all intrusive - we very much appreciated his sense of humour and his professionalism.
  18. MT

    MaximeT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We couldn’t expect a greeting and service as outstanding as we had
  19. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valet parking was very nice. Staff were very friendly and new a lot about the wines which made it helpful when choosing. The tour of the wine cellar at the end was a nice treat too. We will be back!
  20. G

    Guest

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Nice restaurant with good food and service but I think they packed in more tables for Saturday night and it was too noisy to talk to friends during dinner.
  21. FP

    FrancineP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time here. Wow. They did not disappoint and they lived up to their excellent reputation. The service was top notch; the food was fantastic (veal was melt in your mouth and tender- best I have ever had). Great menu selection and the cannoli... wow. Will go again!! Highly recommend.
  22. S

    Sunny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    It was okay experience , love the service though . He was nice
  23. A

    Aubreyd

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service
  24. DB

    DarrenB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! Highly recommend. I had another fabulous time.
  25. J

    Joes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can I say... you want to feel special, this is the restaurant for you. The atmosphere is very hip, even at 9 it was packed. From the moment we walk in, to our departure it was an amazing visit. The food is phenomenal - we are Italian and we don’t waste our time nor money at sub rate Italian restos - we go directly to Giovanni - and Nino, the owner, is hands on. Kind, accommodating, attentive. Perfect balance. The waiters are all exceptional. They know what it means to “waiter”. It’s more than taking your order and interrupting you to ask if it’s good as soon as your mouth is full. Thank you for such a great evening. We will be going back. Make reservations. They are usually fully booked.
  26. HT

    HarveyT

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food in Ottawa price value and ambiance for the money is the best always greeted and served by the best servers in Ottawa
  27. RL

    RochL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Burata, foie gras, duck, veal and risotto all magnificent!! Loved it
  28. A

    Aubreyd

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Will definitely return in the future!
  30. BS

    BenoitS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal.Pricy win list and food but excellent quality
  31. M

    Minim

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food3service1ambience5
    They don’t understand the meaning of well done, smallest portions ever for really expensive
  32. S

    Sebas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The Valentines Day menu was extremely expensive for what we got. The quality of the food was good but the bill exceeded 400$. We will definitely need to try going again in a regular date to see the true price/value
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing place! I got proposed there, but besides that, the food and atmosphere and the service is amazing and we will be back!
  34. DS

    DineshS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not too happy bring given a table in a high traffic area. Also felt the tables were to close to each other.
  35. ID

    IsabelleD

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable good and service. Always a treat!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très bon restaurant italien, sûrement le meilleur de la ville. Je recommande pour une occasion spéciale. Le serveur était très professionnel en nous donnant des conseils sur les plats. Nous avons passé un excellent moment.
  37. SB

    StevenB

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal as per usual our server was helpful and made great suggestions
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and delicious food.! Valet parking was a nice surprise.
  39. CM

    CraigM

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always amazing food and ambience
  40. KB

    KellyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giovanni's is an amazing restaurant. The food is high quality and they spare no expense! The manager always comes and says hello. Our waiter Karsten is amazing! The service is excellent and you never run out of water! We always go for birthdays and they put a big sparkler on the dessert. I highly recommend this place!

FAQs

Giovanni's Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 234-3156.

Giovanni's Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Google Map for Giovanni's Ristorante

362 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M7

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Aberdeen

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Free Valet Parking available.

  • Public Transit

    85 to Carling Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 234-3156

  • Catering

    For information on a Catered event, please contact Jon at jon@giovannis-restaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Event information, please contact Jon at jon@giovannis-restaurant.com

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